Download the free Windows Media Player Click to see the video Click to see the video "The Winter Season" of 7pm Monday night concerts at Birdland (315 West 44th Street), featuring top Broadway and cabaret performers, kicked off on Monday, November 8 with Christine Ebersole & Billy Stritch.

Ebersole won a 2001 Tony Award for her star turn in 42nd Street, then teamed with castmate Stritch for cabaret runs at Feinstein's at the Regency in NYC and the Cinegrill in Los Angeles. The Birdland show, which was repeated on Monday, November 15, celebrated the release of the CD In Your Dreams -- a studio re-creation of the show that Ebersole and Stritch have been performing across the country -- on the new Ghostlight label. At Birdland, the duo performed several songs from the album, including "Fine and Dandy," "The Surrey With the Fringe On Top," "My Ship," "You're Getting To Be a Habit With Me," and "There's a Boat That's Leavin' Soon for New York."

Presented by Jim Caruso in association with TheaterMania.com, "The Winter Season" at Birdland will continue with a new show by Alice Ripley (November 22); Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez, the Tony Award-winning composers of Avenue Q, in their first public performance together (November 29); Karen Mason in her annual Christmas concert (December 13); and songwriter Georgia Stitt in concert with a star-studded cast (December 27). Future shows will feature Stephanie J. Block, Max von Essen, Natalie Douglas, and the songwriting team of Marcy Heisler & Zina Goldrich.

Birdland is also the home of Jim Caruso's Cast Party, the weekly, late-night-Monday showbiz gathering that offers impromptu performances by established stars and up-and-comers from the worlds of musical theater, jazz, and nightclubs. For further information about Cast Party and the "Winter Season" shows at Birdland, phone 212-581-3080.